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7.4. Using Ant Tasks

An Ant bundle distribution file is just an Ant recipe and its associated files. As Example 1, “Simple Ant Recipe” shows, the Ant recipe is the expected deploy.xml file with some JBoss ON-specific elements. An Ant bundle distribution file supports more complex Ant configuration, including Ant tasks and targets.

7.4.1. Supported Ant Tasks

Any standard Ant task can be run as part of the Ant bundle provisioning (with the exception of <antcall> and <macrodef>). This includes common commands like echo, mkdir, and touch — whatever is required to deploy the content fully.


The <antcall> element cannot be used with the Ant recipe. <antcall> calls a target within the deploy.xml file, which loops back to the file, which calls the <antcall> task again, which calls the deploy.xml file again. This creates an infinite loop.
To perform the same operations that would be done with <antcall>, use the <ant> task to reference a separate XML file which contains the custom Ant targets. This is described in Section 7.4.3, “Calling Ant Targets”.


The macrodef call, and therefore macro definitions, are not supported with Ant bundles.
Along with the standard Ant tasks, Ant bundle recipes can use optional Ant tasks:

7.4.2. Using Default, Pre-Install, and Post-Install Targets

As with other Ant tasks, the <project> allows a default target, which is required by the provisioning system. This is a no-op because the Ant recipe mainly defines the metadata for and identifies files used by the provisioning process. Other operations aren't necessary. This target is required by Ant, even though it is a no-op target. Use pre- and post-install targets to perform tasks with the bundle before and after it is unpacked.
For example:
<target name="main" />
Additionally, JBoss ON provisioning tasks can define both pre- and post-install targets. This allows custom tasks, like simple progress messages or setting properties.

7.4.3. Calling Ant Targets

As mentioned in Section 7.4.1, “Supported Ant Tasks”, using <antcall> does not work in an Ant bundle recipe; it self-referentially calls the <rhq:bundle> task in an infinite loop. However, it is possible to process tasks that are outside the default target. This can be done using pre- and post install targets (Section 7.4.2, “Using Default, Pre-Install, and Post-Install Targets”).
  1. In deploy.xml for the Ant recipe, add a <rhq:deployment-unit> element which identifies the Ant target.
    <rhq:deployment-unit name="jar" postinstallTarget="myExampleCall">
  2. Then, define the target.
        <target name="myExampleCall">
           <ant antfile="another.xml" target="doSomething">
              <property name="param1" value="111"></property>
  3. Create a separate another.xml file in the same directory as the deploy.xml file. This file contains the Ant task.
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <project name="another" default="main">
        <target name="doSomething">
           <echo>inside doSomething. param1=${param1}</echo>